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Police arrest five at Vietnam rights rallies

Five people, including a well known blogger, were arrested in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday after police moved in to break up a rally by hundreds of human rights activists in a rare show of public defiance in the Communist country.

Rerum Novarum Oration 2011 - Bishop Vincent Long

Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne, Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFMConv, gives the Rerum Novarum Oration 2011, 'Asylum Seekers: Is There a Just Solution?', at Australian Catholic University's (ACU) Melbourne Campus.

Mom's Empty Chair

Prayer is just a simple matter of having a conversation with Jesus. 

Missionary spirit is central to the formation of priests in Vietnam

The rector of the Xuan Loc Major Seminary, home to 350 students, says that in addition to theology, future priests should be prepared to "love Jesus, to trust in Jesus and follow him in happiness."

Vietnam ''Vagabond'' Bishop

He is a bishop with a particular jurisdiction. He does have his own See. But, as the nick name suggested, one has more chances to see him in the woods, or street sidewalks, seeking missionary opportunities, rather than at his office.

What the Father Desires

Lent is a gift that offers you and me opportunities to go back to the deepest reality of our human origin

Thousand-Hand Guan Yin

There is a phenomenon sweeping through Asia which is still relatively unknown in the West. We were privileged to see it in our trip to Taiwan. It is a stunning stage performance called Thousand-Hand Guan Yin.

Jesus Asked...



This is great, take a moment to read it, it will make your day!

The ending will surprise you.

VIETNAM Religions need more freedom to serve society, say speakers

Religious organizations in Vietnam want to serve the country and its people. But in order to do so, they must be given the necessary freedoms, said a Catholic Church leader.

The Church in Vietnam: Present limitations on religious freedom

A short article for journalists who want to know the truth of religious freedom and all the sufferings of the Catholic Church in Vietnam.

A Family Perspective on Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan's Faith

Youngest Sister Speaks of Prelate at Eucharistic Congress.

Elizabeth Nguyen Thi Thu Hong, the late cardinal's youngest sister, was one of the speakers today at the 49th International Eucharistic Congress, under way in Quebec through Sunday.

He will have to learn I know...

He will have to learn I know,

that all men are not just,

all men are not true.

But teach him also that

for every scoundrel there is a hero,

that for every selfish politician,

there is a dedicated leader.

Teach him that for every enemy,

there is a friend.

According to the American Institute of Social Research, the Vietnamese people have 10 major characteristics.

- First, they are hard working but easy to satisfy. 
- Second, they are smart and creative to cope with short-termed difficulties, but lack long-termed and active reasoning abilities. 

Happy -- Unhappy

There was a test for the students of suffering, regardless their age. The question was simple: “Prove that you are miserable.”

Thanks !

I am Thankful : for the crazy people I work with Because they make work interesting and fun!

Communication to amnesty international on the offence of anti-state propaganda

Over the past three decades, Father Nguyen Van Ly has been imprisoned four times altogether:

A Student's Guide to Police Practices

This Guide was created by The Office of the Independent Police Auditor (IPA).  The IPA office is a non-police agency where a complaint can be filed if young people feel that they have been mistreated by a San José police officer.

Kids and the Law

This is an A-to-Z Guide for Parents.  It is designed to give parents a basic overview of some of the laws that apply to children to help safeguard them at school, in part-time jobs and at play. This guide can also help parents understand their rights and responsibilities as a parent and assist them in answering their children’s questions about the law.

Seniors and the Law

This Guide discusses the legal rights of seniors and various programs intended for them.  It also informs them of the benefits and special services available for seniors and provides them with contact information for numerous sources.

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